Last year, the San Mateo City Council voted to appoint Amourence Lee to the vacant position on the council, after Maureen Freschet retired. Mayor Diane Papan unified the council and our community with her brave choice, and I applaud her for her courage. That vote gave North Central representation on the City Council for the first time in many years.
San Mateo is a large, diverse city of more than 105,000 residents. This election gives us an opportunity to maintain diversity in the voices on our council. Councilwoman Lee is the first Asian American woman to serve on the council, but her history of service in her neighborhood association and as a city commissioner makes her a highly qualified and familiar choice.
Since her appointment, Amo has been a dedicated public servant and principled Democrat. She led the effort for San Mateo to be the first city in the county to direct relief funding to support child care providers in the form of $124K in rental assistance. In addition to endorsements from the San Mateo Daily Journal, Firefighters Association, Police Officers Association and Democratic Party, Amo has received formal endorsements from an amazing cohort of leaders including Assembly Speaker Pro Tem Kevin Mullin, state Sen. Jerry Hill, Mayor Joe Goethals, President of SMFC-SD Board Noelia Corzo, County Supervisor Dave Pine, and dozens more.
These are all respected leaders who have worked with Amo and put thought and care into who best deserved their endorsement.
I have personally seen the dedication and leadership that Amo brings to the table and she has my vote. Please join me.
The letter writer is a member of the San Mateo Planning Commission. Views his own.